The perfect smoothie, in my opinion, is the best possible breakfast. It’s a healthy, tasty, easy-to-transport meal; yes, I believe a good smoothie can be a complete meal!
Get my recipe for the above mango smoothie here
However, smoothies can also be great lunches, snacks, and even desserts. Below I explain the six simple steps to creating a great smoothie, and at the request of a friend, I’ve included some of my personal favorite recipes at the end.
STEP 1: PICK A LIQUID BASE
Here are my favorites:
- Almond milk
- Coconut / almond milk blend
- Skim milk
- Coconut water
- Juice (I like to use unsweetened, not from concentrate, organic juice, such as this blueberry one from Lakewood Organic)
STEP 2: ADD SOMETHING FROZEN [& MAYBE SOMETHING FRESH]
It’s more important to add something frozen to your smoothies (bonus: frozen fruits and vegetables are generally less expensive and last longer!) than something fresh, but it’s fun to sometimes mix it up.
- Fruit: berries, bananas, watermelon, papaya, pineapple, peaches… all the fruit!
- Vegetables: broccoli, kale, spinach (note: I don’t like to use vegetables if my liquid base is any kind of milk, but that’s a personal preference)
- Ice cubes (made from water, iced coffee, or juice)
- Fruit: plums, peaches, bananas, berries… anything, really!
- Vegetables: celery, spinach, kale
STEP 3: THICKEN
A good smoothie is all about the texture and consistency. Here are some things you can add to adjust the thickness and texture of your smoothie:
- Nut butters: peanut butter, tahini, almond butter
- Powdered peanut butter, or PB2. This is a powder, so the oil and removed. Use this if you are trying to keep the calorie count down.
- Protein powder: I like vegan or hemp protein powders, but many prefer the taste and texture of a whey powder
- Fiber powder
- Vega recovery powder (perfect for after a workout)